YouTube confirms "Rickroll" removal was a mistake, brings back video

A YouTube spokesperson has confirmed to Neowin that the "Rickroll" removal that we reported on earlier today was a mistake.

In an email statement to Neowin a spokesperson confirmed accounts are occasionally marked as spam and mistakenly taken down:

"With 20 hours of video uploaded every minute to YouTube, we count on our community members to know our Community Guidelines and to flag content they believe violates them. We review all flagged content quickly, and if we find that a video does violate the guidelines, we remove it, on average in under an hour. We also have a team that is dedicated to identifying and removing spam from YouTube.  Occasionally, an account flagged by users or identified by our spam team is mistakenly taken down. When this is brought to our attention, we move quickly to take appropriate action, including restoring videos that had been mistakenly removed and channels that have been mistakenly suspended."

Earlier today Neowin reported that the original "Rickroll" video, that had clocked up 30 million views to date, was removed with the text "This video has been removed due to terms of use violation". It appears the users account which is linked with the video was mistakenly disabled.

Neowin also spoke to Rick Astley's manager Tony Henderson earlier today who said he was disappointed the video had been removed briefly. "I have not told Rick yet as he is driving to the French Alps to practice his rolling (sorry i meant skiing) I don't think anyone should or indeed can, stop people having fun on the net, there are more urgent concerns on the internet that need sorting," he said in an email to Neowin. 

For those not familiar with the term "Rickroll" or "Rickrolling", it's a famous Internet meme involving the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song "Never Gonna Give You Up". The phenomenon began at Internet image board 4chan and soon spread more widely. Internet users typically send the URL of the video to another user and the practice results in the person being "Rickrolled".

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Remysaus said,
If I ever find the guy that started the first 'rickroll' I will punch his heart out.

would you believe anyone to be the 1st original rickrollah, even if they told you so?

I occasionally find myself singing this song... it's embarassing, but i do it out of habit and repitition... this is a guilty pleasure!

Rick must be so happy that something that made him so much money, has come back so many years later to a whole new generation.

I wonder if song will ever get a cover?

They do this all the time. Bob Dylan's own page removed one of his video's. As well as one video Mann Gegan Mann for Rammstein. do'h.

*shew*..i can sleep safe and sound tonight...last night was a long night thinking about how bad the world was gonna be cause it was gone

after all these years i still cannot get over the fact that he was a very short man with such a deep voice.

Butterman said,
This is front page news how?

so did you click on the link to the full article to say this and knew this was not a story for you or did you like get rickrolled and found out in the full article this is boring for you? xD

Glassed Silver:mac

Butterman said,
This is front page news how?

you have to be kidding or never been rolled before.
it is an important chapter in "The Internet" :)

Butterman said,
This is front page news how?

I'm very temped to start flaming you in 4chan faction, but instead:

/me smacks Butterman upside the head

Tom W said,
Rick was right he was never gonna give us up...

Haha I'm happy they preserved the exact same URL on that video too. Now I can keep avoiding the ...HA0 links. :D

216 said,
Sweet Lawd the world can breathe easy again

That basically saved the internets!!!

imagine all the virtual fire frenzies everywhere on the nets that would have come up!

Glassed Silver:mac

Else you'd have to resort to the offline approach:

Edited by em_te, Feb 25 2010, 4:59am :